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Ginger Hill
© Sheila Lanyon

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Ginger Hill Dated 1961

Not on display

Lanyon stated that his “paintings…are not abstract, nor are they landscape. They use abstraction as a method and landscape experience as a source”. Viewed in this context, ‘Ginger Hill’ displays the sensuality and openness that emerged in Lanyon’s work following his experiences in a glider. The strong, deliberate black line is suggestive of a glider’s path across an autumnal aerial landform. It also shows the influence of Abstract Expressionism, with parallels visible to the work of American artist Franz Kline. Lanyon was extremely interested in the concept of ‘place’ and the relationship between the body and landscape. In this vein, it has been suggested that ‘Ginger Hill’ is the male counterpart to a similar painting by Lanyon called ‘Eastern Shore’.

Glossary Open

Abstract art

Art in which there is no attempt to represent anything existing in the world, particularly used of the 20th century onwards. ‘Abstraction’ refers to the process of making images that may in part derive from the visible world but which are reduced to basic formal elements.

Abstract Expressionism

Term applied to a loose grouping of New York-based artists in the mid-20th century including Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko. Internal feelings were expressed by the physical action of producing the art works.

Abstract art, Abstract Expressionism


  • Acc. No. GMA 2290
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 123.00 x 76.00 cm, (framed: 138.20 x 92.80 x 6.00 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1981